By Andreas Glaeser
What does the sturdiness of political associations need to do with how actors shape wisdom approximately them? Andreas Glaeser investigates this query within the context of a desirable ancient case: socialist East Germany’s unforeseen self-dissolution in 1989. His research builds on large in-depth interviews with former mystery law enforcement officials and the dissidents they attempted to regulate in addition to learn into the records either teams produced. specifically, Glaeser analyzes how those opposing factions’ knowing of the socialist venture got here to alter based on numerous daily studies. those investigations culminate in solutions to 2 questions: why did the officials no longer protect socialism via strength? and the way was once the formation of dissident understandings attainable in a country that monopolized mass conversation and crew formation? He additionally explores why the Stasi, even supposing regularly good educated approximately dissident actions, by no means built a pragmatic figuring out of the phenomenon of dissidence.
Out of this bold learn, Glaeser extracts designated traces of idea. at the one hand he bargains an epistemic account of socialism’s failure that differs markedly from current causes. however he develops a theory—a sociology of understanding—that exhibits us how wisdom can seem proven whereas it's whilst thoroughly misleading.
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Political Epistemics: The Secret Police, the Opposition, and the End of East German Socialism (Chicago Studies in Practices of Meaning) by Andreas Glaeser